Colorado State University will celebrate the completion of the $14 million Computer Science Building with a grand opening ceremony 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 on the southwest corner of the new building, located on the plaza across from the Lory Student Center. Welcome, introductions and comments will be from 4-4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments, building tours, and music from the Colorado State Scholarship Pep Band. Speakers at the event will include Interim Colorado State President Anthony A. Frank and Matt Brown, chair of the University Facility Fee Advisory Board.
Funding for the building was provided in large part through the fee advisory board, part of Associated Students of Colorado State University. The vote by the student body government in January 2007 secured $12.9 million for the project, which serves students in every major. The four-story, 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the main campus includes three main laboratories on the ground floor, one of which is available to students 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Students began using the new facility in January at the start of the spring semester. The new facility also houses the Department of Computer Science, which is ranked among the top 60 programs in the nation and CSU’s Information Science & Technology Center (ISTeC).
"We are now poised for Computer Science and Information Technology research and education to advance to new and exciting levels of excellence at Colorado State," said Jan Nerger, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences. "The scholarly achievements that will emerge from this building in the fields of artificial intelligence, network security, human-computer interactions, and high performance computing, will be a tribute to the students and donors who invested in our future."
For more information on the grand opening, contact Kelly Kimple at (970) 491-5506 or Kelly.Kimple@colostate.edu or visit the Computer Science Department at www.cs.colostate.edu/cstop/index.html.